Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Win 8.1 x64 and raw file system on external USB drive

  1. #21


    Posts : 38
    Windows 8.1x64 pro


    Update: miracles still happen!

    By chance, I ordered a new USB3 enclosure cooled by a fan... thinking that regardless whether or not I rescued her files, and/or the drive itself was good/bad, she was going to need another enclosure and maybe a new HD So I bought a Startech USB3 enclosure:
    Amazon.com: StarTech.com 3.5in SuperSpeed USB 3.0 SATA Hard Drive Enclosure w/ Fan: Electronics

    The new enclosure just arrived and on a whim, I plugged her problematic drive into the new enclosure, connected it to her USB3 port on her Win 8.1x64 laptop, and the drive powered up, was recognized, and all files were intact. I am now in the process of uploading her photos to my Amazon Cloud account (free unlimited photo backup!). That will probably take much of the day... unattended!

    Apparently, the old enclosure (USB3) had a hardware problem when it failed (would not power up). When I plugged the drive into my spare USB2 enclosure, I saw the same problem... raw file system, unreadable... as depicted upthread. Same when connected to an external USB 2 dock that accommodates both 3.5 and 2.5 inch drives.

    But when I plugged the drive into the new USB3 enclosure, the full 3TB capacity was recognized and all files appear intact. Go figure.

    jumanji? Any thoughts on why this seems to have resolved itself by switching to a new USB3 enclosure?

    The failed drive/enclosure was a Seagate Backup Plus 3TB USB3 device. The enclosure I used was a NexStar-3 with USB2/esata interface. And the save-the-day hero is a new StarTech USB3 enclosure with a fan.

    Edit: a little history on the bad backup drive. After we first got it, the backup drive was unreliable when connected to the USB3 port on her laptop. It would connect for a few minutes, then lose the connection. I never did figure out what the problem was as the device worked reliably when connected to the laptop's USB 2 ports. I figured the laptop must have a driver issue or something, even though it was running the latest drivers.

    The new enclosure/drive has been running for a couple of hours now connected to the USB 3 port on the laptop and no issues to report. I have to wonder if the original backup drive was flaky from the get-go.

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #22


    Posts : 75
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit


    Glad Your problem is resolved.

    Right from the moment TestDisk still showed problems even after changing the sector size to 4096, I was doubting your enclosure. ( It was showing Heads/cylinder mismatch 64 instead of normal 255 and sectors/track mismatch 32 instead of normal 63) That is why I wanted it to be directly hooked up as an internal drive doing away with that undesirable dock. We have by many user experiences learnt that older docks were always problematic. ( I don't have any dock, external enclosure or even a >2TB drive .) A direct connection also might have brought your drive alive.

    If Test Disk still showed heads/cylinder mismatch and sectors/track mismatch I would have advised changing the geometry again - heads/cylinder and sectors/track - to try and get the data out. Anyway you did a good thing trying out in a new enclosure which instantly resolved your problem. I am glad that I need not scratch my head. In the last three months it has turned more grey.

    Please post a screenshot of how your 3TB external drive looks now. ( the very first screen when you launch the application)
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #23


    Posts : 38
    Windows 8.1x64 pro


    Thanks for all the help jumanji. I appreciate it, even if the fix was something else entirely... which still puzzles me. Regardless, I can't argue with success.

    Next project is to track down a random BSOD on her laptop.
    https://www.eightforums.com/bsod-cras...win-8-1x64.htm

    And for your viewing pleasure: (!)




      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #24


    Posts : 75
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit


    Oh! I forgot to mention. I wanted to see the Partition Wizard screenshot - not TestDisk or anyother .
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #25


    Posts : 38
    Windows 8.1x64 pro


    And here ya go:

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #26


    Posts : 75
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit


    OK, good. All your drives are MBR drives.

    Now save the important sectors, the MBR sector Sector 0 and NTFS boot sectors (Volume Boot Record/ Partition Boot Record)
    using the appropriate bit version of Bootice. In case the MBR gets corrupted or Partition Table gets corrupted ( both are in Sector 0) and your drive becomes inaccessible due to these, simply by restoring this sector from the back up can resolve the issue in most cases.

    Lost partitions! Solved - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Benefits of GPT vs MBR Primary and MBR Logical Partitions ? Solved - Page 3 - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Benefits of GPT vs MBR Primary and MBR Logical Partitions ? Solved - Page 3 - Windows 7 Help Forums
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #27


    Posts : 38
    Windows 8.1x64 pro


    OH goody! More homework.

    I'll hafta read up on the usage of Bootice. I have not heard of that before.

    Thanks for the tips!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 3 of 3 FirstFirst 123
Win 8.1 x64 and raw file system on external USB drive
Related Threads
I have read similar problems I am having now but NONE have so far as i have read, with a solution. > Firstly, my situation is this, I HAVE RECENTLY SUCCESSFULLY restored my pc from a previously created system image using default windows 8.1 (i have no question regarding the process/procedure on...
I did a windows system image back up on our windows 8 PC before we had to send our HP All-In-One to HP to replace a broken hard drive (we have only had the computer for less than 6 months, arghh!). They also told me to wipe the computer prior to sending it so no personal information was on the...
Hey, I created some windows 8 system images(Using the internal system image tool). Now I find restore points more useful, but I would have to turn the system protection on for an external hard drive. The problem is that I don't understand the sophisticated message Using system protection on a drive...
Help. This is driving me nuts. Not sure what's happened and pretty sure I have not done anything to silly. Background : New Windows8 install all update and drivers : system running absolutely fine. Issue :Copying data from one drive to another via any hub on system...
Hi I need to replace a file in windows\system32\en-us and it gives me a deny file to be copied how can I do this so I can copy a file or replace a file. thanks sorry how to gain access.
Hey guys.. I am new to this forum.. Recently i upgraded my system to windows 8..N after clean install i backed up the copy of my C drive (Includes System Image) to my external 2TB Hard Drive.. It took around 250GB of hard drive space..Now since i am running out of space i decided to delete the...
Hi guys, My external WD passport started showing up as empty and I can't access it directly in explorer. I ran a few chkdsk commands and it came back clean. When I attached it to another USB slot, it came up as being RAW instead of the default NTFS. Everything shows up fine in Stellar Phoenix...
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook